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May 24, 2016 – Hiring Notice for Police Officer Position

Job Announcement

Bridgewater Township, NJ Police Jobs

BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR

THE POSITION OF ENTRY LEVEL POLICE OFFICER

****ONLY THE FIRST 300 APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED***

WRITTEN TEST WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 18th 2016!  MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

GENERAL DUTIES:

Under the direction of a Shift Supervisor, performs a variety of public safety work providing emergency aid, security and protection to the community’s citizens.

BASIC FUNCTION:

  • Patrol assigned area to aid in preventing crime and to enforce Federal, State and
  • Township laws, ordinances and regulations.
  • Observe, report and act upon conditions conducive to crime and danger such as checking buildings for security, assisting other officers on traffic stops and checking suspicious persons and vehicles.  Reports traffic hazards and directs traffic flow when necessary.
  • Determine the nature of a call, investigates the circumstances, and takes any necessary and prudent actions. such as making arrests and transporting prisoners,  Searching prisoners, collects personal effects and assures proper receipting and safeguarding of personal effects.
  • Provides assistance to the public in emergency and non-emergency situations.
  •  Administers first aid and requests medical service.
  • Performs crisis intervention in sensitive situations such as family dispute.
  • Provides general information to the public on laws and ordinances.
  • Assists persons with complaints and inquiries or directs them to the appropriate authorities.
  • Prepare a variety of records and reports, such as reports on arrests, property impounded, accidents offenses and damage to property.
  • Performs pliminary investigative assignments on serious crimes.  Conducts interviews of victims, witnesses and suspects and subjects progress reports on cases under investigation.  Collects and documents evidence and may arrest suspects.
  • Appears in court, and is available to testify in matters which the officer has knowledge of.
  • Maintains proficiency in the use of police related equipment.
  • May assist in the training of new officers.
  • Checks business and private property for security.  Investigates such conditions as  open doors, broken windows, vehicles parked in suspicious places.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Federal and State laws, Township ordinances.
  • Content, intent and application of criminal law.
  • Adult and juvenile judicial procedures and criminal justice system.
  • Civil and constitutional rights.
  • Department regulations, policies, procedures and general order.
  • Laws of arrest, search and seizure.

Police Officer – Operations Division

  • Techniques of investigation and interrogation.
  • Criminal case preparation and procedures.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Report writing and case preparation.
  • Crime scene management.

ABILITY TO:

  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze dangerous situations rapidly and accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Enforce State, Municipal and other applicable laws.
  • Determine appropriate level and scope of Police response.
  • Work courteously and tactfully with citizens and employees.

SALARY:

  • Salary earned while attending the police academy will be $800 bi-monthly
  • Salary earned after successful academy completion will be an annual salary of $48,083.00.
  • Annual College Incentives
    • Associate’s Degree- $600.00-$750.00.
    • Bachelor’s Degree- $1,200.00-$1,500.00
    • Master’s Degree- $1,500-$2,250.00
  • Medical and dental benefits.
  • Membership in the New Jersey Police and Fire Retirement System

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Age: at least 21 years of age at the time of initial application. Applicants must not have reached their 36th birthday at the time of appointment.
  • Must be a resident of New Jersey at time of appointment.
  • Must have a valid New Jersey driver’s license at time of appointment.
  • Education: an applicant must have one of the following;
    • A bachelor’s degree, signifying completion of the undergraduate curriculum and graduation from an accredited college or university.
    • An associate’s degree or have completed 60 college credits from an accredited college or university, and at least two years of satisfactory employment.
    • Completed 30 college credits from an accredited college or university, and at least two years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge.
    • Completed 60 college credits from an accredited college or university, and be a certified police officer by the New Jersey Police Training Commission.
  • Applicants to the Bridgewater Township Police Department may be automatically disqualified for any of the following:
    • Having been convicted of an indictable offense or received an indictable conviction expungement.
    • A conviction of any offense involving domestic violence.
    • A conviction of any offense involving a controlled dangerous substance.
    • A conviction of any offense involving public office, position or employment.
    • If you were ever adjudicated to have committed an act of juvenile delinquency. Juvenile delinquency refers to the commission of an act which, if committed by an adult, would constitute an indictable offense.
    • If you were adjudicated by a court or found by an employer to have violated any person’s civil rights in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If you are currently on probation or have been on probation at any time within the last 12 months in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If you participated in a program of supervisory treatment or pretrial intervention for an indictable offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:43-12 or the equivalent in another state.
    • If you have been convicted of driving while intoxicated two times or once within 5 years in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If your driving privilege is currently suspended or revoked in New Jersey or any other State.
    • If you were dishonorably discharged from any branch of the United States military or law enforcement agency in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If you have ever renounced your United States citizenship.
    • If you are currently subject to a final domestic violence restraining order.
    • If you were ever terminated or asked to resign from a public office, position or government employment for misconduct involving your public office, position or employment.
    • If you have used marijuana or hashish within the past 3 years.
    • If you, within the past 10 years, have possessed or used any other illegal drug or drugs, including anabolic steroids, other than those prescribed or provided by a physician or purchased over the counter.
    • If you have sold or given an illegal drug to any person in your lifetime.
    • If you have manufactured any illegal drug at any time during your lifetime.
  • Physical requirements

HIRING PROCESS

  • Written exam
  • Physical fitness indicator test
  • Background investigation
  • Oral interview
  • Psychological exam
  • Medical exam
  • Drug screening
  • Successful candidates that are hired are then sent to the Police Academy.
  • Upon successful completion of the Police Academy, officers are assigned to a Field Training Program for the remainder of their probationary period.

HOW TO APPLY

For departments who are accepting applications outside of PoliceApp.com and are solely using PoliceApp.com for advertising purposes at this time. http://www.policeapp.com/BridgewaterNJ

Please direct questions regarding this job to soneill@bridewaterpd.com

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified or when the capacity has been met.

Careers

May 24, 2016 – Body Worn Camera Program

Bridgewater, NJ – As the Chief of the Bridgewater Police Department, I have the utmost respect for the men and women under my command and trust them implicitly; often times with my life. In the near future our agency will be implementing a body worn camera (BWC) program, which will showcase my agencies professionalism firsthand. Transparency is the key to maintaining the trust my Officers have earned from its interactions with the public and I look forward to updating our citizens when new information on this important program becomes available.

– Chief Manuel Caravela

April 29, 2016 – MVC US 202/206 South

For Immediate Release
Date:   04/29/2016
Prepared By: Lt. Michael J. Maxwell

On Friday, 04/29/16 at approximately 3:00 am, a motor vehicle crash occurred on Route 202-206 Southbound in Bridgewater Township.  A 2003 Chevrolet Suburban operated by Telemacho Ousouljoglou (age 59) of Bridgewater Township was traveling south on Route 202-206, when his vehicle left the roadway and struck two utility poles.  At this time there are no reported injuries from this crash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Jeff Savare at 908-722-4111 ext. 4153, or the Bridgewater TIPS line at 877-660-INFO (4636).

April 27, 2016 – Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

Bridgewater, NJ – The Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau is investigating a single car motor vehicle crash that occurred on April 27, 2016 at 4:05 a.m. The crash occurred on NJ 28 (Union Ave) near the intersection of Hollender Street.

Dawn Dalton (53 year old female) of Dunellen, NJ was operating a 2004 Toyota Camry on NJ 28 near Hollender Street. Dalton, the only occupant of the Toyota, was traveling westbound on NJ 28 when she left the roadway to the north and struck a utility pole. Dalton was pronounce deceased after being transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact Officer Thorsen of the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau (908) 722-4111 ext 4145.

April 6, 2016 – Police Youth Week

Somerville, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano and Somerset County Chiefs of Police President, William Parenti, of the North Plainfield Police Department, announce that the Somerset County Police Academy will be conducting a 5 day, “Police Youth Week” this summer.

The program will be held from July 18, 2016 – July 22, 2016, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy located at 402 Roycefield Road Hillsborough Township, New Jersey.

The goals of the program are to introduce high school students to a career in law enforcement and to develop positive interaction between the students and members of the law enforcement community.

Academy Director Dr. Richard Celeste states the program is modeled after the highly successful Somerset County Police Academy Recruit Training Program which trained police recruits up until 2014. Instruction will be provided by Police Academy staff members and police officers from participating local police departments. The program is being sponsored by the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Participation in Police Youth Week will provide the attending student with an overview of various components of the criminal justice field. The program will involve both classroom and practical based exercises providing the student with not only an academic understanding but also a “hands-on” experience.  The program changes every year and is based on a four year curriculum to encourage the student to participate in the program the following year.  It should be understood that due to the course design, it is not necessary to attend a previous year in order to attend the following year program.

The program is open to the following students:

  1. Are residents of Somerset County or are enrolled in a secondary school within the County, and
  2. Are entering 9th grade through graduating seniors.

Since 1996, this successful community program has been funded by the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police, and as such, there will be no cost for the program participants.

Registration forms must be received by June 1, 2016.

To register for the program, candidates can download the registration form by visiting www.somersetcountypoliceacademy.com. Forms are also available at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy/Police Academy.

Det./Sgt. William Brown, the program’s coordinator, can be reached by email at wbrown@co.somerset.nj.us or by phone 908-541-5035 should anyone have questions about the program.

March 21, 2016 – Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Bridgewater, NJ   A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Sunday, April 17, 2016 to examine all aspects of the Bridgewater Township Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services Chief Manuel Caravela announced today.

            “Verification by the assessment team that the Bridgewater Township Police Department meets the Commission’s “best practice” standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence”, Caravela said.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by telephone or email.  The public may call 908-429-8455 on Monday April 18th, between the hours of 9am and 11am or email at assessment@bridgewaterpd.com

Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards.  A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Bridgewater Township Police Department Records Bureau 100 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ.  Please contact Lt. Kevin Ricci, Accreditation Manager at 908-722-4111  x4150.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Bridgewater Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to write: New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 11000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053.

The Bridgewater Township Police Department must comply with 105 standards in order to achieve accredited status.  Chief Caravela, “Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy, and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs.” 

The Accreditation Program Manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is Mr. Harry J Delgado.  “The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies.  The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members, and visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed.  Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status”, Harry J Delgado stated.

Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police through its New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission is the legitimate authority and accreditation agency in the state of New Jersey. For more information regarding the Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission please write the Commission at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 11,000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053.

February 10, 2016 – School Bus Crash

Bridgewater, NJ – On 02/10/16 at approximately 7:35 am, a school bus was traveling on Route 22 West, from North Plainfield to the Somerset County Vocational and Technical School located on North Bridge Street in Bridgewater Township.  The bus driver suffered a medical emergency, which caused him to drive erratically and miss the North Bridge Street exit.  The students on the bus informed the driver that he missed the exit, but he did not respond to them.  He continued driving in an erratic manner on Route 22 west.  A 15 year old male student approached the driver and was able to talk him into applying the brakes, at which time this student put the vehicle in park and pulled the emergency brake.  A 19 year old male student turned off the vehicle’s engine and removed the keys.  Bridgewater Township police officers arrived on the scene and the bus driver was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital at Somerset for treatment.  All the students were unharmed and the bus driver was in stable condition as he was transported from the scene.

February 1, 2016 – Armed Robbery BP Gas Station

Bridgewater, NJ – On 01/30/16 at approximately 7:20 pm, the Bridgewater Police Department received a 911 call from the BP Gas Station, 1240 US Highway 22 East reporting that an armed robbery had just occurred.

When officers arrived, they found the attendant unharmed. He reported that two males had entered the office with a knife and told him to give them all of the money. They stole an undetermined amount of cash, then fled the store on foot, last seen running south on Adamsville Road.

The attendant described the first suspect as a medium built white or Hispanic male, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with a red bandana across his face carrying a blue colored gym bag. The second suspect is described as a black make medium build, wearing a black colored jacket which was fully zipped up to cover his face and a red colored “Hollister” sweatshirt with white letters worn over the jacket with blue jeans and work boots.

The suspects has not been identified as of yet and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bridgewater Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at 908-725-6491, or the Bridgewater TIPS line at 877-660-INFO

BP Suspects

January 19, 2016 – Quick Chek Robbery

Bridgewater, NJ – On 01/19/16 at approximately 3:10 am, the Bridgewater Police Department received a 911 call from the Quick Chek, 361 Union Avenue reporting that an armed robbery had just occurred.

When officers arrived, they found the store clerk unharmed.  She reported that a male had entered the store with a shotgun and told her to open the cash register.  He stole an undetermined amount of cash and cigarettes, then fled the store on foot, last seen running eastbound in the parking lot.

The clerk described the suspect as a thin built male wearing a blue colored front zip style hooded jacket with the hood up, jeans, dark colored shoes or boots, light colored gloves and a nondescript mask covering his face.

The suspect has not been identified as of yet and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bridgewater Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at 908-725-6491, or the Bridgewater TIPS line at 877-660-INFO (4636).

Official Press Release

January 15, 2016 – Recent Car Burglaries

Bridgewater, NJ – The Bridgewater Police Department along with many towns in the County and State have received numerous reports of car burglaries in recent weeks. Most of these burglaries have been from unlocked motor vehicles parked on the street or in driveways during the overnight hours. The Bridgewater Police Department is offering the following tips on how you can avoid being a victim of a car burglary:

  • Do not leave valuables in plain view:
    (GPS devices, laptop’s, PDA’s, cell phones, MP3’s, wallets, purses)
  • Do not leave windows or sunroof open.
  • Do not leave doors unlocked.
  • Do not leave keys in the vehicle.
  • Do not leave the garage door opener in plain view.
  • Do not leave out items with personal information.
  • Do not move valuable items to the trunk while in public view.
  • Do not leave your vehicle unattended and idling for any period of time.

Slow down and use common sense before you leave your car! Report any suspicious activity to the Police immediately!

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